My New Sofa & Hurricane Ian

If you are reading this on Tuesday, September 27, I am waiting with all of Florida to see where Hurricane Ian goes. The forecast is updated daily. Monday the prediction was for Ian to slow just west of Tampa, slowly weaken and then move into the Big Bend on Friday morning. Tuesday morning there is a Hurricane Watch for the two counties south of mine with the possibility of Ian landing there. There are always so many models no one really knows. Hurricanes can change course and surprise everyone. No matter where Ian lands, the west coast of Florida will be flooded with storm surge. Storm Surge  is the rise in seawater level caused solely by a storm. On Wednesday & Thursday we will see what Mother Nature does.

My county is under Hurricane Watch. Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds are expected. Storm surge usually knocks out power as the water rushes inland and impacts transformers. I will probably be off line for a day or two. When I have power for the internet, I’ll post my condition. Please keep Florida and every place in the hurricane’s path in your prayers.

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How to Make Your Fall Home Cozy

Thursday is the first OFFICIAL day of fall although many of us already feel it’s here. All too soon the leaves will start to fall from the trees, the evenings will get darker, and the temperatures will drop significantly. With the changing weather and changing seasons, you might be thinking about how you can get your home ready for the season. 

Previously I posted how to keep your property safe from the colder elements, but what other steps can you take to create a fall home that’s cozy, comfortable, and wonderfully warm and welcoming? The good news is that getting your home ready for shorter and colder days is easy.

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Fall Decor Inspiration

In the last three weeks I have visited multiple shops looking for fall home decor inspiration. Yes, I do have boxes of fall items, but I always love to see various new ideas and ways to display the season’s beauty. Today’s photos are from a trip to Bealls Outlet. It is a Florida discount store that offers clothing, home goods, and kitchen ware geared for the Sunbelt climates. Their seasonal display this year is huge.

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Fall in Love With Your Life Inspirational Printable

UPDATE 9/19/22 There was an error on the printable. I do apologize. It has been corrected.

We’re changing seasons this month, and for many people, it’s their favorite season. We all live through nature’s seasons and seasons of our own lives. Today’s inspirational print challenges each of us to “Fall in love with your life“. If you’re not happy with your life, today is the day to start to change it. This decorative quote is sized 12″ x 12”.

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Shopping For Modern Tropical Inspiration

Decoist says.

“Modern Tropical… involves clean lines, fresh palettes, and lots of greenery. The look is tranquil and chic. Rather than overloading beachy spaces with seashell collections and rattan furniture, the new feel is all about less-is-more decor. It’s simple, breezy, and naturally relaxing.”

In July I wrote about Modern Tropical Inspiration for my living room. I began to develop a plan for updating the space. I certainly like the description of clean lines, lots of greenery, and a tranquil space. I’ve been wanting to refresh my living room. Being eclectic I’ll just add a few touches of the modern tropical style I like.

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Roses in a Crystal Bowl

At the grocery store there was a small bouquet of 6 roses. Three were pink and three were a creamy white. I trimmed the short stems and arranged them in a crystal bowl with greenery from the yard. My dining table had a vintage lace tablecloth on it. I placed a natural fiber woven mat in the center of the table and added my bowl of roses. I like contrasting textures.

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Small Home Changes Can Make a Big Impact

We all have a wish list for our homes. Last week I shared my search for inspiration for small changes in my living room. I find that I do best by planning changes over months to even a year or two. I have to plan and budget for big ticket items. Sometimes I see a small need and try to find a solution in a shorter time line. I think of it as part of home maintenance. Below the addition of the bar adds so much storage space to the kitchen.

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